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Beninghove’s Hangmen is an instrumental downtown NYC-based sextet with a truly unique yet familiar sound. Their “creeptastic surf-noir” approach developed from a desire to mash the music of Tom Waits and Danny Elfman. But with the menacing yet playful instrumentation of two Zorn-alum rock guitarists, wild saxophone riffs, gutbucket trombone, solid bass, and frenetic drums, the result is more of a psycho-crazed soundtrack to a Tarantino film. They have been called “NYC’s most cinematic noir band” (NY Music Daily) and their music has been described as “ kind of (music) people who hate jazz can love.” (Shepherd Express)
The music is composed by saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, and funnyman Bryan Beninghove. “I’m serious about the craft, but I don’t take myself too seriously,” reflects Beninghove. Since his professional start playing in bars at the tender age of 12, Beninghove has mastered a range of instruments, including sax, melodica, and piano. He takes on almost any gig or style that challenges or intrigues him, from the straightest of the straight-ahead to accompanying gospel singers or penning surf-rock tunes. “The fun thing about Beninghove’s Hangmen: we’ve been around for about five years, and we’ve got it down as a band. I could write a chart to ‘Happy Birthday,’ a straight-up normal chart, and my bandmates would just run with it.”
Beninghove’s Hangmen released their third album “Pineapples & Ashtrays” to much critical acclaim in 2016. “About as cool as you can get all the way through…4stars” – antiMusic. “5 stars…how many bands do you know that can mix jazz, funk, surf, and exotica?” – The Examiner. “The best instrumental album I’ve received in a long while”. – WorldBeat Canada Radio
Beninghove’s Hangmen is currently releasing their fourth album, “ZOHOVE”, a Led Zeppelin tribute. This mind twisting compilation of Zep classics will also be released on cassette in December of 2016. In 2013, the Hangmen released “Rattlesnake Chopper”, a six song EP of eclectic surf, Turkish, and Brazilian inspired tunes. Their first self-titled album rated “#7: 50 Best Albums of 2011” (NY Music Daily) and Lucid Culture placed it “#3: Top 25 Jazz Albums of 2011”. Songs from the albums have been featured on Comedy Central, IFC, and more.
Beninghove’s Hangmen consists of guitarists Eyal Maoz and Dane Johnson (both John Zorn alum), trombonist Rick Parker (Tim Berne), Shawn Baltazor on drums, and Ezra Gale (Super Hi-Fi) on bass. The Hangmen can be seen performing regularly in Brooklyn and Manhattan, as well as college clinics & the summer festival circuit.